Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter (2), runs against Iowa defensive back Micah Hyde (18) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Updated: December 27, 2012 1:42AM
Scoring 31 points in the first quarter, No. 5-ranked St. Xavier pulled away early for a 54-10 victory over Concordia University (Mich.) in a Mid-States Football Association Mideast League game Saturday afternoon at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago.
The Cougars improved to 7-1 and 3-1 in the Mideast League.
Wide receiver Wes Gastel finished with a team-best five catches for 98 yards and a touchdown, while running back Joshua Hunter (Thornridge) racked up 109 yards and a TD on the ground on 21 carries.
Nick Pesek (Oak Lawn) became the first SXU running back to surpass 2,000 rushing yards in a career with six carries for 25 yards and a touchdown. Pesek has 2,004 career rushing yards.
Quarterback Jimmy Coy completed 11-of-21 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensive end Ryan Fejedelem (Lemont) had six tackles, including a tackle for a loss of three yards.
The Cougars defense tallied 13 tackles for losses to go with six turnovers (3 interceptions, 3 fumbles). St. Xavier allowed only 131 yards of total offense in the game for the Cardinals.
Coy hit wide receiver Corey Wennmacher for an 8-yard touchdown on St. Xavier’s first play from scrimmage after a blocked Concordia punt by Gastel.
Pesek punched in a 2-yard TD midway through the first quarter to extend SXU’s lead to 14-3. Three minutes later, Coy hit Shane Zackery for a 27-yard strike to make it 21-3.
Spencer Nolen had a 41-yard field goal with 3:02 remaining in the quarter, and with 26 seconds left, Gastel turned a short pass into a big gain when he sprinted 54 yards for a touchdown to give St. Xavier a 31-3 advantage.
In the second quarter, Nolen had a 28-yard field goal, Hunter scored on a 2-yard run and Austin Feeney (Morris) hauled in an 8-yard pass from Joe Gill to extend the lead to 47-3.
St. Xavier faces a big test at 1 p.m. Saturday when it hosts No. 1 Marian University (Ind.).